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Best Bets: A marathon worth of people-watching, tambourine-shaking

Grandma’s Marathon is Saturday. Make a sign. Cheer for the name on the front of a runner’s shirt. Shake a tambourine. Or, of course, run. 2013 file/News Tribune

Grandma’s Marathon: You can’t beat it so you might as well join it.

We’re not saying you have to unearth your gritty old New Balance from the garage sale pile and start talking about splits and personal bests. (Though, why not?)

But if you don’t have plans to wake up at 3 a.m., chug coffee and pin a tracking number to your shirt you should consider waking up at, heck, 7 a.m., and shaking a tambourine on the sidelines.

Those runners will love you for it.

Grandma’s Marathon and the Garry Bjorklund Half-Marathon are on Saturday morning, mostly along Superior Street.

Make a sign. Cheer for the name on the front of a runner’s shirt. Shake a cowbell. Pick a runner friend and try to catch her at as many mile markers as is humanly possible.

Or just apply Zinc oxide to your nose, settle into a leisure sprawl and sip a morning-friendly beverage on the sidelines. People-watch and promise yourself you’ll run next year.

For a full-on cardio experience, hang out at the finish line and try to swallow the empathetic bursts that form when seeing  people succeed.

GO SEE IT What: Grandma’s Marathon and Garry Bjorklund Half-Marathon

When: 7:45 a.m. Saturday start outside of Two Harbors for the marathon; 6:15 a.m. start for the half-marathon three blocks north of Clearwater Grille on Lake Superior

Where: Course follows Scenic Old Hwy. 61 to Superior Street before winding down into Canal Park

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